Out of state tourist visiting Clearwater Aquarium when I received a ticket for parking within 20 feet of a crosswalk at an intersection. There “was” a no parking sign for “no overnight parking” but there “was not a” sign saying no parking within 20 feet of the crosswalk. Am retired law enforcement officer and would never parked there if I knew it was prohibited. Ignorance of law is no defense but city has various warning signs (no overnight parking, speed limits, handicap parking, etc.) all over city, why not one warning this violation? Any recourse to challenge this as “no proper notice” given by city this was a restricted parking area? If I have good chance to win, I rather pay an honest attorney $100.00 than revenue seeking city $25.00.
I don't know if any of the following is pertinent, Sec. 30.042."Parking shall be permitted within 20 feet of an intersection or crosswalk where city engineer/designee,of city has posted signs." If engineer can allow by posting signs why aren't they required to post signs prohibiting it? Sec. 30.045 Sec. 30.046 Sec 30.007 require signs. FL drivers handbook ch3 no parking on crosswalk,nothing about 20ft. Have more but out of letters.
Me, I'd pay the $25 and be done with it but feel free to do it.
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